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  1. How many geese does it take to make a pillow? Something I’d be interested to know for future reference…

    • J > That depends on the goose breed, the nutrition of the individual geese, and whether the climate is cold or not: in short, how feather and down the goose has. It could be just one goose, but 3 geese to two pillows would be more typical. Perfect is to take the short curled feathers, and any down. I save these from, mainly, the neck, breast, tail, and down from under the base of the wings.

      • Good to know! Thanks for sharing. It’s definitely something I’m considering trying eventually.

    • D > Save up the feather and down in something like an old pillowcase – so they can breathe, and keep them somewhere dry, and preferably not to hot. Do not squash at all! When you have a pillowcase full, fold over the open end of the pillowcase and seal closed with temporary stitching or something else to keep the contents securely inside. You can then wash with a wool/handwash/delicates or other suitable programme, spin dry thoroughly. Shake the pillowcase to fluff up the contents, then get out on the line in the sun and breeze to dry, shaking up from time to time. Once thoroughly dry throughout, they’ll store indefinitely – certainly until you decide you’ve got enough and are ready to fill new pillow or cushion ticking. (We believe that in N America you use the words pillow and cushion differently to us: here a cushion is a soft furnishing accessory, a pillow is only what you put your head on to sleep!)

      • Thanks! I’d say we mostly describe the two words the same, though the word cushion is almost exclusively meant to be something that you sit on (though it can also mean adding space/time/material as a safety measure).

  2. 🙂 I can see you appreciate your geese! Geeses? Gooses? Geeselings?

    Whatever they are called in plural, I would have difficulty eating them unless I had named them Roaster, Duck Orange Sauce, Drumstick, Wishbone, or Holiday Supper. I’d have an easier time trying to eat my meal if I could keep from getting attached to the meal when it was still walking around by reminding myself while said meal was still alive with an appropriate meal type name. I am such a softie when it comes to animals; I don’t know how you both do it. You must both be stronger than me…..or possibly just hungrier! Lol 😀

    • J & D > It’s a question of holding in mind what they are pre-desitned for, and that without that there would be no point in keeping them: they would be economically irrelevant. Yes, geese can (just about) be kept as pets, or ornamental livestock, but then there would be no real incentive to allow them the adults the natural right of having young. An economic interest makes us more motivated to give them the very best life we can. When they are alive they are living creatures to be respected and delighted in. But the moment the time comes to cull them, it becomes a question of food. We find it easy to never allow ourselves to confuse the two.

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